New York Islanders (24-32-8) at Edmonton Oilers (21-34-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday March 6, 2014, 9:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Edmonton Oilers -136 / New York Islanders +124 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Islanders and Oilers were two of the biggest sellers on trade deadline day and both teams will look for a victory shorthanded on Thursday night.
The Islanders made plenty of headlines earlier this season when they sold the farm to acquire Thomas Vanek from the Sabres as they gave up fan favourite and very talented forward Matt Moulson and two premier draft picks. The Isles also made headlines yesterday as it looked as though they were going to get nothing in return for their ludicrous investment as imminent trade rumors didn’t surface until late in the afternoon when it was revealed Vanek was dealt to the Canadiens. New York has been described as a “tire fire” of an organization which constantly ranks among the worst in professional sports and the Vanek saga is the latest example of how poorly run this team is and will continue to be unless they can somehow find a sense of stability. The Isles also lost Andrew Macdonald who was one of their better defenseman and top shot blocker which against an Edmonton team with a lot of offensive firepower could be troublesome.
The Oilers dealt long time forward Ales Hemsky to the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday a night after the Czech national buried two goals against his new team at Rexall Place but the dealings didn’t stop there for the Oil. Edmonton also shipped out veteran goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov who is now with the Minnesota Wild and defenseman Nick Schultz who will be heading to Columbus which indicates to outsiders that the Oilers are committed to developing the talent they have and bringing in fresh faces to help continue their seemingly everlasting rebuild. Edmonton is loaded up front with young talent and have some blue liners coming in but the strength of this team moving forward now will be between the pipes as they resigned Ben Scrivens to be the number one guy and they traded for former Ducks backup Viktor Fasth who could be a starter for a number of teams in the league. While both of these teams come in shorthanded I absolutely love this spot for Edmonton as they’re coming off a nice win over the Sens and should have no trouble with an Islanders team missing John Tavares and now Thomas Vanek.